It is interesting how when you work in a lab with a small team of people that have several cross over skills, and they are really good at each – to work and come up with a solution to problems. It is very frustrating to go into the real world and come up with the reality that people either don’t know, don’t care, might not spend time improving skills each day, or are just doing work that they are not passionate about. You go from a land where people are continually looking for ways to improve something and giving possible workable solutions to a nation where you seem to have to tell everyone exactly what to do. I mean…every step of the way.
my teacher friends tell me, “you have to tell people every step of the way.”
“don’t people take imitative, think a problem through, or have the skills to just work out a good solution on their own?”
“no. most really don’t. you have to tell them.”
it is like the question “why?” I ask about 100 times a day. some people think I am being a wisenheimer, yet, I am seriously asking for more information on why someone thinks the way they do on a subject or issue. “why?” is a compelling word that seems to take a backseat to “what” or “how?”
Over the holidays I had an interesting talk with my nephew and his girlfriend, he is in the military, and she works in social services. I was amazed at how they shook their heads with the “why?” question.
“try asking why? To people in social services. I don’t even think they know why some of their lives are in the place they are at.”
I realize much of the world likes the stability of what is “known” in everyday life, yet, what I am seeing coming down the pipeline with the not so good uses of technologies that are possible because of computers and software. The trend makes me worry when “why?” is simply given a backseat to a few that have asked the question and decide to use it for greed and profit for themselves at the expense of entrapping the masses in some path where they resemble more like cattle following a trend….few asking, “why?”
An interesting example is a church in the town in Switzerland I go to. They have one of the jeweled saints, which is a skeleton in a suit of armor on the right side wall, visible to all. I asked so many people, “who is that?” and despite so many going to the church, no one knew. So I did google searches and found out all about the jeweled saints in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. What struck me as odd, is no one in the community knew who the skeleton in the suit of armor was.
Enough babbling…it took 10 days of time to fix a significant f-up for my friend. He doesn't have a clue exactly how bad it was, and perhaps that is ok? He won’t have to ask a “why?” question – nor will he understand any of the reasons behind it.
Maybe it is just better to think and care less? dgas (a new acronym?)